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University in Leeds saddles up for cycling summer

Lecturers Kirstie Grace and Nina Quinlan battle it out on roller bikes with sports coordinator Sheila King at Leeds Trinity University's Cycle Festival. Picture by Tony Johnson

Lecturers Kirstie Grace and Nina Quinlan battle it out on roller bikes with sports coordinator Sheila King at Leeds Trinity University's Cycle Festival. Picture by Tony Johnson

Students, lecturers and members of the public have been taking to two-wheels during a festival with a Tour twist.

In celebration of the upcoming arrival of the Tour de France’s Grand Depart from Yorkshire in July, Leeds Trinity University has been urging its community to get on their bikes and get active in time for the summer.

Bike sculpture by university students, a staff versus students cycle challenge, free bike checks and a chance to test special static ‘roller bikes’ were among the attractions at the event in the Horsforth university’s atrium, which also embraced the French theme of Le Tour with plates full of native cuisine on Thursday.

Trinity’s Cycle Festival comes as we continue to urge residents, schools and businesses to make the most of Le Tour’s landmark visit by taking to two wheels and sharing their cycling pictures and stories with us as part of our multimedia Let’s Get Cycling campaign.

Festival organiser Sheila King, who is the university’s sports coordinator, said: “The Yorkshire Grand Depart will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the Cycle Festival at Leeds Trinity University celebrated this by providing us all with the impetus to ditch the car, pick up our bikes and relive the sense of freedom and fun that cycling gives.”

The event also saw four-time national BMX champion Martin Ogden perform a demonstration for visitors, while Otley Cycle Club gave advice on organised road cycling and Woodrup Cycles representatives offered free Dr Bike maintenance checks.

“The festival has been really well attended, with students and staff across the university all getting involved with the activities on offer; whether that was racing against each other on roller bikes, signing up to join Otley Cycle Club or even just sampling Tour de France-inspired French crepes,” Ms King said.

Among those getting stuck in to the festival’s main attractions were Trinity lecturers Kirstie Grace and Nina Quinlan, who are joining a small team of pro cyclists on a near 500mile charity cycle ride from Dortmund, in Germany, to Leeds later this month.

The pair have signed up for the six-day cycle ride to Leeds’ twin city from April 29 in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Leeds Offers Fun For The Young (LOFFTY) charity, which provides activities for young people.

Ms Grace added: “Although I consider myself to be reasonably fit and active, it will be the first time I will have achieved this distance on a bike and exercised for six full days in a row.

“Hopefully the beautiful scenery as we pass through the Ardennes will help me along the way.”

Visit www.lordmayorcycleride.co.uk for further information on the LOFFTY challenge.

TELL US YOUR BIKE STORIES

As the excitement builds ahead of the Tour de France’s Yorkshire debut, we want you to tell us your cycling stories.

We would love to hear from you, whether it be you sending in pictures of how you’re embracing Let’s Get Cycling by setting out on your first ride in years, tweeting us your childhood cycling stories or emailing us about how important cycling is to you.

You can tweet your pictures and comments to our @LeedsNews Twitter handle using the hashtag #tdfyorks or post them on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/yep.newspaper as the countdown continues. The Yorkshire Evening Post now features a dedicated Tour de France tab, which will keep readers up to date with all the latest news and sports coverage.

Readers can comment on our stories online before stage one or two of the Grand Depart get underway on July 5 and 6.

Visit www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/tdf for details.

- For all your Tour de France stories and events, why not get in touch with our Tour de France news reporter Jonathan Brown. Email jonathan.brown@ypn.co.uk, tweet @jonnybrownyep or call 0113 2388134. continues. The Yorkshire Evening Post now features a dedicated Tour de France tab, which will keep readers up to date with all the latest news and sports coverage.

Readers can comment on our stories online before stage one or two of the Grand Depart get underway on July 5 and 6.

Visit www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/tdf for details.

 

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